The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet for “Unsung Heroes” of The Dalles Thursday, Jan. 21, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive. This longstanding chamber event is an opportunity for citizens to recognize those within the community who go the extra mile to help in any way they can, asking nothing in return. Nominations were made by the community and closed in November.December 30, 2015 4:39 p.m. read more..
While many know Goodwill as an organization that offers job programs, beyond that core mission the nonprofit also gives to area nonprofits and agencies. This year, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette’s (GICW) charitable arm has given more than $128,000 to 20-plus agencies such as Transitional Youth as well as area food programs, like Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council in The Dalles, Oregon Food Bank, Lincoln City Food Pantry, Clark County Food Bank and the Union Gospel Mission.December 30, 2015 4:38 p.m. read more..
During the Columbia River Gorge Commission’s meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, commissioners requested staff to prepare a memo providing guidance for the six counties of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in planning for the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 91, and Washington Initiative 502.December 30, 2015 4:34 p.m. read more..
45 Little Brothers and Sisters, together with their Bigs, attend breakfastDecember 30, 2015 11:21 a.m. read more..
To the editor: In the last week there have been several letters to the editor supporting gun control. Gun control is not the answer. These people seem to think if gun control is legislated then there won’t be any more shootings. They don’t seem to understand that the only ones turning in their guns will be the law abiding citizens.December 29, 2015 1:16 p.m. read more..
Voting statewide will become even more convenient in 2016. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon Motor Voter, the state’s new voter registration law, will take effect and automatic voter registration will be available to those who are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement license, permit, or ID card at the DMV. Once someone applies for a license, they will receive a card and a pre-paid postage return envelope from the Oregon State Elections Office.December 29, 2015 1:12 p.m. read more..
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you gazed up into the night sky on Christmas you likely saw something rare. And, no, it won't be Santa. He and his reindeers will have already zoomed across the horizon. On Christmas Day there was a full moon, the first since 1977.December 26, 2015 2:43 p.m. read more..
To the editor: “What in the hell do they think they are doing?” “How in the hell do they think they can accomplish anything by doing that?” Quoted directly from Donald Trump’s mouth while he was being interviewed on national television. While being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly he constantly interrupted him.December 26, 2015 2:11 p.m. read more..
Taggers have once again been targeting The Dalles with spray painted graffiti — some of it vulgar, some of it threatening — but those whose properties have been hit need not repaint or call a specialist, said Barbara Pizzola of A's Sewing.December 23, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Gift card donations have become a very valuable resource for the neediest families of the deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers. Families of these soldiers often experience financial difficulties, especially during the holidays. The gift cards offer some financial relief for them, and demonstrate our appreciation to our soldiers and their families.December 20, 2015 10:18 a.m. read more..
SALEM (AP) — Western Oregon has finally escaped the drought that has plagued it since last spring. A drought outlook map released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday shows Western Oregon either not in a drought or in a situation where drought removal is likely, reported The Statesman Journal.December 19, 2015 11:01 a.m. read more..
Deputies brave the elements for public safety, caution drivers to be waryDecember 19, 2015 10:59 a.m. read more..
Friday, December 18 Centerville School District is closed due to a power outage. Centerville School District will open two hours late: The early release time is extended to 12:45 Dufur School District will open one hour late. Horizon Christian in Hood River is closed. Wasco County School District 21 will operate on a normal schedule, but with NO BUS SERVICE to Seven Mile Hill. Wishram School District will open two hours late. Lyle School District will open two hours late. Buses on snow routes. District will re-evaluate road conditions by 8 a.m. Goldendale School District will open two hours late. Hood River County School District will open two hours late. White Salmon School District is closed. Glenwood Sch. Dist.: Buses on snow routes, no out-of-district transportation Traction tires required on U S 97 Satus Pass, north of Goldendale, Washington, both directions from milepost 32.0 near Chain Up, to milepost 23, chains are required on vehicles over 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight, beginning at 4:06 am on December 17, 2015 until further notice.December 18, 2015 6:06 a.m. read more..
Freebridge is set to span the beer production gap in the gorge. Steve and Laurie Light took over the historic Mint building and plan to open Freebridge Brewery to the public on Jan. 15. “This has been a long time coming,” Steve said, “People around here talk about how this town of 17,000 has had no brewery, while Hood River, a smaller community, has five. People here in The Dalles also want good, local beer.”December 17, 2015 12:15 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Police Department is having problems getting officers to move into supervisory positions due to pay inequities.December 17, 2015 11:48 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Does RaeLynn Ricarte realize that President Obama keeps “harping” (her vulgar term) about gun control because Americans keep dying from gun violence at the current rate of 89 per day. Apparently, gun rights are more important to her than the 12,410 lives lost so far in 2015. Six hundred and forty nine of these deaths being children under the age of 11. Let’s not hurry to celebrate the booming business at Old Mill Bargain Center because there is statistical evidence that increased gun sales result in increased gun deaths. The Chronicle’s “Dialogue” heading asked, “What is behind record gun sales in the US.” The answer is the NRA, spineless politicians and fear.December 16, 2015 4 p.m. read more..
After five days of testimony and 90 minutes of deliberation at Wasco County Circuit Court, a jury today found School District 21 did not promise permanent jobs to six teachers who retired and then continued working for the school district for a few years Wednesday afternoon. The teachers sought over $5 million in damages for lost wages and lowered retirement benefits. DETAILS IN THURSDAY'S CHRONICLEDecember 16, 2015 3:34 p.m. read more..
N WHITE takes a selfie with his daughter Aubrey, 4, as they roll through downtown The Dalles on Santa’s sleigh Saturday, Dec. 12. Wally Wolf has taken over the downtown sleigh rides, now sponsored by Kiwanis. Rides take off from the former Griffith Motors site on Third Street again Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.mDecember 15, 2015 2:16 p.m. read more..
Hawks pull off several top efforts at Muilenburg InviteDecember 15, 2015 1:05 p.m. read more..
Once again it is time for The Trailheads annual gift list for anyone loving to be in the forest: Nordic Skiers, fishermen, hunters and hikers. In the past I have based this list around the 10 Essentials everyone should have in their backpack. But first lets take a closer look at why we need to carry the 10 Essentials: The “Rule of Three.” The rule of three is a simple rule to let us know what our priorities are in extreme outdoor emergency.December 12, 2015 1:50 p.m. read more..
The Dalles boys’ basketball ran into a Sandy team that showed they can run with the best of them. Matt Stevens and Cole Wilson notched three 3-pointers apiece for 14 points, and teammate Ben Gilbert added 13 points to lead Sandy to a 93-58 win over The Dalles Friday at Kurtz Gym.December 12, 2015 1:45 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Considering the condition of our local government, even our state, national and international problems all needing attention, I could write a letter every day about all the wrongs. However, a letter to the editor the other day might seem trivial in the world of wrong ideas but it’s a place to start.December 12, 2015 1:40 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Did you know that over 165 kids in the Gorge currently call foster care home and most of them are in Wasco County? I serve as a board member for Columbia Gorge CASA, a local non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well being of children in foster care.December 12, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..
To the editor: A while ago, I was going to refinance my house – had my home for more than 36 years so it seemed like a simple task. There was an $80,000 loan on a house worth more than $160,000, what more could a bank ask for?December 12, 2015 1:38 p.m. read more..
To the editor: When someone gets sick at a Chipotle outlet, a bunch of Chipotles get shut down. Wow! But when the Islamic State says they will infiltrate the immigration of refugees, bleeding hearts still want to receive them. It only took two in San Bernardino.December 12, 2015 1:38 p.m. read more..
The generosity of Americans is never more evident than during the holiday season. The critics of the capitalist system in the U.S. are many, but when disaster strikes, the world depends on the unparalleled generosity of Americans.December 12, 2015 1:35 p.m. read more..
Lack of work ethic, bad grades, soft attitudes at the forefrontDecember 11, 2015 4:03 p.m. read more..
To the editor: While recently attending an event at Keller Auditorium in Portland, I flashed on the Paris theater shooting and imagined what it would be like to directly experience such horror. I think about how more and more people in our country are witnessing gun violence and becoming victims of it. In our placesDecember 9, 2015 1:51 p.m. read more..
Medical advice from Dr. K.December 9, 2015 9:30 a.m. read more..
Weather advisors and county personnel are on a Flood Watch through Thursday in Hood River County and the Gorge -- with the NOAA predicted two to eight inches of heavy, consistent rainfall forecasted through Wednesday morning, atop already wet soils.December 9, 2015 5:45 a.m. read more..
Ruby Polehn, 3, claims first up on Santa's lap as her family prepares to have their picture taken during Saturday's Community Day at the 20th annual Festival of Trees at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The free community day was sponsored by Fred Meyer, and those attending had an opportunity to sit with Santa, admire this year's Christmas trees and drink hot cocoa.December 9, 2015 5:21 a.m. read more..
For several years, I was the pastor of a small church in Lind, Wash., which is in wheat country. While I was there, I would hear conversations about farmers who would lease land from the land owners without a written lease or rental agreement.December 7, 2015 11:49 a.m. read more..
To the editor: In response to Mr. Hudson’s opinion on immigration I would like to offer another point of view. One of his reasons for reducing immigration to the U.S. was based off of a perceived lack of need for foreign labor.December 5, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: One of the least told stories of Christmas is the “Slaughter of the Innocents” (Matthew 2:13-18). How King Herod learned he had been tricked by the Wise Men and ordered the killing of all boys in Bethlehem under the age of two. How Mary and Joseph sought safety for their baby by fleeing to Egypt.December 5, 2015 1:31 p.m. read more..
Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, has been headed in the right direction since the shift from military use of drones to civilian applications began several years ago. Concerned about balancing proactive use of the growing industry with people’s privacy, Huffman formed a special work group to research issues three years ago.December 5, 2015 1:26 p.m. read more..
As many businesses in The Dalles engage in the happy challenge of decorating for the Christmas holiday — stringing lights, creating window displays, hanging snowflakes —Sunshine Mill Winery at the east end of downtown faces a unique challenge: How do you effectively decorate a massive, historic industrial monument dominating the east end of the downtown core?December 4, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..
ROBERT TUPPER explains the mechanics of his pipe organ at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, following its delivery Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Tupper is one of the featured musicians for the museum’s annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 5 from 12 to 5 p.m. Tupper obtained the massive 800 pound pipe organ from Ogden Music in Portland. The Johannus brand organ was manufactured in Denmark, and the keys are made from Indian Rosewood and European Boxwood.December 4, 2015 3:08 p.m. read more..
Dr. K gives medical advice.December 4, 2015 11:21 a.m. read more..
Cost saving tipsDecember 4, 2015 11:19 a.m. read more..
UPDATE: Thursday night bingo at the Mid Columbia Senior Center has been cancelled UPDATE: The Dalles Middle School Boys Basketball game in Boring/Sandy (Oregon) for this evening has been canceled. Boys Basketball practice after school today is OPTIONAL. Centerville Sch. Dist.: Closed. Basketball game also cancelled UPDATE Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes UPDATE North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 due to some inclement weather conditions - mostly spots of ice. Goldendale Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE: Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles Head Start 2hr delay, classes start at 10-1:30, no pm class. Carson Head Start AM class cancelled PM Class on time; Petersburg Head Start 2hr delay, No PM class-Bus on snow routes; Goldendale Head Start all classes cancelledDecember 3, 2015 5:45 a.m. read more..
A warm front will lift north across the area tonight and Thursday. Sub freezing temperatures remain across north central Oregon and Southern Washington which will lead to a wintery mix of precipitation. Temperatures will rise to above freezing in most areas Thursday. Areas Impacted: North Central Oregon...the Columbia River Gorge..December 2, 2015 4:32 p.m. read more..
Fifty-two people gathered for Monday’s town hall meeting to learn how establishing an Enterprise Zone in The Dalles has helped with job creation. “It’s a unique tool in terms of giving direct benefits to businesses,” said Arthur Fish, business incentives coordinator for Business Oregon, which oversees the zones.December 2, 2015 4:28 p.m. read more..
My name is Tyler Beane. I am an ELCA pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles, Oregon, and I am an affirmation addict.December 2, 2015 2:05 p.m. read more..
The Dalles High School Boys and Girls Basketball Games have been canceled for this evening. Because of the snow and ice, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels will be closed today Wednesday December 2nd. As of 9:07 AM The Dalles Middle School Boys Basketball game in Hermiston has been canceled. The Dalles Middle School Basketball practice tonight. Dry Hollow Elementary PTA Meeting has been canceled. As of 7:00 AM: The Dalles High School Boys and Girls Basketball Games have been canceled for this evening. Tonight's Sense of Place Lecture is CANCELED due to an ice storm warning. We hope to reschedule this event. Stay tuned and stay safe out there! North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. No School for Students and Staff. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles Head Start closed; Carson Head Start AM and PM closed; Madras head Start closed Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed The Wasco County Area Watershed Councils Coordinating Board and Wasco County SWCD Board meetings scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 are cancelled.December 2, 2015 5:40 a.m. read more..
To the editor: The Biblical definition of divorce is to be found at Deuteronomy 24: 1-5, which basically says that a couple may get a legal divorce when the "grace" has gone from the marriage and some defilement has marred the union. Jesus pretty much confirms this attitude at Matthew 19: 3-11.December 1, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..
To the editor: A new high school would be wonderful. However, the proposal by Doug Kirchhofer is ludicrous and here’s why: The property he proposes carries a huge burden, namely inside the National Scenic Area outside the Urban Growth boundary. Both require massive action to develop for a permanent structure, if not impossible. It places a serious bond issue on the community for purchase of property and construction of buildings, not to mention extreme location for transportation.December 1, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..
Wasco County has decided to wait another year before making a decision about whether to leave the regional health district. An agreement governing the three-county entity allows withdrawal decisions only at the end of a year, with the withdrawal being effective six months later.December 1, 2015 4:10 p.m. read more..
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